PCB confirms tour of New Zealand, Bangladesh confirms tour of Sri Lanka

PCB confirms tour of New Zealand, Bangladesh confirms tour of Sri Lanka
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The international cricket is gradually coming back on its track again. After Pakistan’s tour of England, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that in December they will travel to New Zealand. Contrastingly, cricket famished Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are also going forward with their series as the Bangla Tigers have approved to complete the long awaiting series against the Lankan side.

The PCB has also confirmed countrywide team’s tour of New Zealand in December to play three T20 international matches and two test matches.

“Though the tour dates of Pakistan cricket team to New Zealand has not yet been confirmed but we have informed the Cricket New Zealand that our team will be visiting,” said the sources in the PCB.

Aside from Pakistan’s visit to New Zealand; Australia, Bangladesh and the West Indies have also inveterated their tours of New Zealand whose cricket administrations will make sumptuous provisions of biosecure ‘bubbles’ adopted by the English cricket board for accommodating Pakistan for the current test and T20 series. The sources said PCB and NZC are constantly in touch to decide the schedule and obligatory matters concerning the visit of Pakistan team.

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The sources responded to a question saying “two Test matches and three T20 games are likely to be played during the tour but the final decision regarding an exact number of tour matches will be taken in due course of time”.

For all international influxes into New Zealand, it is mandatory to devote at least 14 days of quarantine, as per the decision of the New Zealand government.

After the West Indies, England and Pakistan, it’s the shot for Bangladesh to reappear to competitive cricket. The Tigers’ tour of Sri Lanka has been confirmed amidst the colossal coronavirus pandemic. The tour is set to get started on October 24, and the squads will be taking part in three Tests laterally with as many T20Is, however, the full schedule is yet to be established.

Previously the tour was planned to be played in July, but it had to be deferred due to the COVID-19 situation. The impending tour was zeroed in on after a meeting between High Performance (HP) and the Cricket Operations Committee (COC). The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) confirmed the tour through a press release. Akram Khan, the COC chairman, talked about the action plans going into the tour.

“We discussed quite a few matters including conducting Covid-19 tests before the start of camp. We have made some good plans which will be communicated later. There was also the matter of how long we can prepare here before leaving for Sri Lanka and most probably we will train for 10-12 days from mid-September before departure,” the COC chairman said in a media release.


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